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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Few non-preschool crafts

My crafts with Zaxxon have slowed w-a-a-y down lately, because we don't have as much time and he's getting some in school.  He's not coming home with as much as I would have expected, though.  His school is very free-form, allowing the kids to dictate what they want to do with much of their day.  Whenever I break out a craft at home, Zaxxon usually gets excited, but his enjoyment of that hasn't been able to compete with all of the cool toys the school has.  So he makes things sometimes, and makes a lot of his own creations like "books" (a few papers taped together,) flags (a small strip of paper on a stick) and other odds and ends (today he brought home a partially formed paper box.)  He also sometimes paints or does a special project they've set up, but probably less than half of the time.  He's thriving at school, though, and is already good at a lot of the skills he needs at this age.  So I bring out crafts when I can fit them into our schedule, because it's still fun to do at home.

Making another map from where Mickey lives, this time of Animal Kingdom
Hubby helped out.  He really wanted the background to match the park map

Here it is:  Zaxxon's path through Animal Kingdom

He made a birthday card for his Dada
I asked him to trace the word "Dada," but he wanted to circle the letters instead

This was the first time we used watercolors.  We had an extra set, because it was supposed to go to the first preschool for a school supply, but wasn't needed at the second place

He brought a pinecone and some sticks home from the preschool playground one day, saying he was going to make it into a man.  I racked my brain, raided the backyard, and helped him make pineconeman


He didn't use all the puffballs and eyeballs, so he wanted to just glue them on paper.  Mostly, he wound up drawing with the glue.  Yeah, not too fond of that method of crafting, but he had fun while it lasted

And that's really all we did from August through October.  We've done one Thanksgiving craft so far and I hope to make a few more before the day, but we'll see

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